Industrial and Manufacturing Photography for Excavac
Filed under: Industrial photography, manufacturing
The documentarian buried deep inside me has always enjoyed industrial and manufacturing photography because I get to learn about how things work and get done. Above ground and deep beneath it.
Hydrovac is the go-to approach used by utility service providers and others for damage-free soil removal, especially in urban areas, and is widely recognized for its safety and cost benefits. Ontario Excavac (OE) is an expert in hydro excavation of underground utilities and is the largest service provider in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). They provide daylighting, debris removal and sub-surface utility mapping for utilities, oil and gas, transportation, industrial and real estate, construction, and engineering sectors. Also full surface restoration of soft and hard surfaces including sod, asphalt, and concrete. repairs, plus non-structural and structural renewal.
The Business Development Bank of Canada called me to shoot an editorial that focussed on how Excavac works. The challenge of any industrial shoot or site is safety and working conditions - mud, snow, flying debris. Even here, I was pelted with the debris that the Hydrovac churned up and out as it excavated. I'm also capturing things as they happen, there's no set-up or trickery. If you miss it, you miss it. Which means that I really start to annoy the people on site, who are doing a physically challenging job, and don't always understand or full appreciate a client's photographic needs.